The real Derby stories
Updated: May 7, 2012, 3:16 PM ETBy Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com
The Kentucky Derby beat "The Avengers" over the weekend.More money was bet on the Derby than was spent by all the geeks in the world, a pretty impressive happenstance. Now here's something about the TV ratings. Television shows are rated by sets turned on in homes. Talk about debatable science. Sets can be on without being watched. And some viewers flip channels on live commercials and fast-forward through advertisements on recorded TV shows, so much for numbers translating into sales. Television shows are watched where you dwell. Period. Great crowds don't gather in field houses to watch "Parks and Recreation." You won't see "Smash" on a screen in a sports bar. You watch stuff like "The Good Wife" season finale in your living room while hoping Kalinda's ex-husband returns in the first show of next season to seek appropriate revenge.
Television shows are watched where you dwell. Period. Great crowds don't gather in field houses to watch "Parks and Recreation."
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